9 Of Priyanka Chopra’s Most Inspirational Quotes From Our February Cover Shoot

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“I don’t want to play the stereotype and if you only have that, I don’t want to do it.”

Bazaar’s February cover star on women, feminism and changing the world.

On the meaning of feminism…
“Feminism is women standing up for themselves and saying ‘Give me the freedom to make my own choices without judging me.’ It is not superiority. It is not hating or berating men. It is just saying, ‘Let me make my decisions without shaming me or trolling me. Give me those opportunities that men have enjoyed for such a long time.’”

On lessons from her mother…
“I was raised in a house where my mom had her own personality and standing. She was never a plus one. So I am that person. Nobody’s identity can be just a plus one.”

On the differences between men and women…
“Men and women are not equal. We’re not supposed to be equal, but we’re supposed to be given equal opportunities, that’s important. We are physiologically different. We are physically different. We are mentally different. Men are from Mars, women are from Venus. There’s no way we’ll ever be the same people and we shouldn’t want to be. We should celebrate the fact that men and women are so different.”

On Meghan Markle…
“She’s an icon, truly, that girls can look up to, and that women can look up to. She’s normal, she’s sweet, she’s nice, she thinks about the world, wants to change it and this was even before any of this happened. So I do think Meghan being a part of the royal family is a big step in the direction of so many things; of women, of feminism, of diversity, of race, of the monarchy versus everyone else. It’s a beautiful step in the right direction.”

On equality in the media…
“South Asian people are one fifth of the world’s population. American entertainment is global entertainment. Do you see that kind of representation on film and television for South Asians? No you don’t. You see one Aziz [Ansari], one Mindy [Kaling], one Priyanka, one Kal [Penn], maybe Riz Ahmed, that’s it. Like five or six people that you see out there and most of those people had to write their own parts to get them. So we don’t even have our foot in the door right now, we need to pound on the door.”

On breaking boundaries…
“I don’t want to play the stereotype and if you only have that, I don’t want to do it.”

On the representation of beauty…
“We have to start highlighting the beauty in every individual instead of a false, unrealistic mirage of what beauty should be.”

On the definition of perfect…
“Society has such a quest for perfection in terms of human beings that we forget to see beauty which may not be the standard of what magazines tell us. That bothers me. I find flaws very sexy. I find imperfections hot. Perfect is boring.”

On confidence…
“The best thing that I have ever worn is my confidence. You walk into a room feeling great about yourself, people will look. You don’t have to be the perfect form of pretty. Some people are lucky to have it. But for the rest of us who are all right, we can become extraordinary by becoming the best version of ourselves.”

On making a difference in the world…
“Each one of us, individually, has to have social responsibility because no matter where you are in the world, somebody will be worse off than you. And if you think like that, you will always have the mind-set to give back because you have so much.”

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